Where to stay in Killarney Lakeside setting

Where to stay in Killarney Lakeside setting

Where to stay in Killarney, 12th Century Castle on the grounds

Where to stay in Killarney? Location, Location, Location !!!

Where to stay, we recommend the Lake Hotel where Room rates are competitive.

There are many reasons to stay in Killarney because of its great location and easy access to the South West of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Gap of Dunloe, Beara Peninsula, The Killarney National Park and so much more. It is an ideal stopover and we would also recommend adding at least an extra day here on your Vacation.

When it comes to Where to stay in Killarney the Lake Hotel offers the following

Ten Reasons to stay at the Lake Hotel:

  1. True Irish hospitality from an Irish  family running hotels for 4 Generations
  2. Location, Location, Location more spectacular scenery (top image) in Killarney and Kerry
  3. Situated on the Ring of Kerry adjoining and looking on the Killarney National park
  4. Four Star luxury with free internet, Outdoor Hot Tub, Parking great walks on the Grounds.
  5. Friendly staff and efficient service, Lake View Restaurants
  6. The Lake Hotel is a Hub for the following to name a few: Ring of Kerry, Gap of Dunloe, Dingle Peninsula, Beara Peninsula, Skellig’s Boat Trip, Killarney National Park, Golf Courses, Horse Riding, Cycling, Walking and anything Outdoors.
  7. Nature on your doorstep and Wildlife not seen by any other Hotel in Ireland, Eagles + Native Red Deer
  8. There is a 12th Century Floodlit Castle on the Grounds
  9. Relaxing Lounges, Library and Meeting rooms
  10. Photographers dream. Come and see

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Killarney Restaurants

Killarney Lake Hotel Restaurants

Where to stay in Killarney

Where to stay in Killarney what a view

Killarney Hotel Hot tub

Killarney Hotel Hot tub

Where to stay in Killarney, on the Ring of Kerry, the Lake Hotel is situated on the ring and you could say the Ring of Kerry begins and ends at the Lake Hotel. We also have easy access to the Killarney National Park on our doorstep. Muckross Abbey is a short 1.5 km walk from the hotel and the McCarthy Mor Castle is 150 m from the Hotel.

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Bluebells in Killarney

Bluebells in Killarney

Bluebells in Killarney

Late April and into May each year in Killarney you will see a blanket of Bluebells appear in the Killarney National Park. This is a great time to Visit Ross Island near Ross Castle and beside the main road just past the Lake Hotel on the Muckross road. You can find them throughout the park but these areas are easily accessible and a short walk.

Bluebells in Killarney National park

Along with the Bluebells, there is also a blanket of wild garlic which you can smell while walking through the Park. This time of the year the whole National park comes alive, most of the trees are showing their leaves as the Oaks are just starting to open the buds. This is a great time to visit Killarney, the longer evenings, warmer days, early sunrises with the morning call sounds from the birds.

Bluebells near the Lake Hotel in Killarney

The Red Deer are quiet, Stags are throwing their Antlers, the females are getting ready to Calf and the Rhododendron are showing buds.

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Red Deer in the Killarney National Park

Red Deer in the Killarney National Park

Red Deer in the Killarney National Park

Take a trip into the Killarney National park to see our Native Red Deer herds.

You can see Red Deer in Killarney all year round but for us the best times are in the late Spring for calving and most spectacular in the Autumn for the Annual “Deer Rut”. The best time to observe the Deer Rut is generally the second week in October each year. If you are patient or lucky you will be able to see great battles between rival Stags and guaranteed to hear the ghost like sounds around the Lakes of Killarney and the National park.

One of the best ways to get around is by foot for the Mountain Woods, or by Cycling in the low lands of the National park. One of the easiest places is to visit Knochreer estate opposite Saint Mary’s Cathedral at the bottom of New street. Here there is parking of if you are walking its a short walk of if you are cycling even quicker. There is a large herd of Deer always present in this part of the National park.

In the Muckross House area of the National park there are also quiet a few herds of Native Deer to be seen and one herd present most of the time right across from the entrance to Muckross House.

More herds can also be found in fields on the Torc Mountain side of Muckross House along with a few herds on Mangerton Mountain and on the Old Kenmare road behind Torc Mountain.

Red Deer in Killarney

Red Deer in Killarney

 

Red Deer in Killarney by the Lake Hotel

Red Deer in Killarney by the Lake Hotel

Tuan the King of the Deer

Tuan the King of the Deer

“Tuan” the King of the Deer a name give to the the Stag who wins the “Rut” battles in Castlelough each year, it is an old Irish Name given to a Stag the Fianna gave free passage to. Tuan had magical powers and could transform into a Wild Boar and an Eagle.

 

If you like Photography we would recommend a 200 mm zoom lens minimum and remember its best to keep your distance and not hassle the Deer.

Red Mountain Deer Killarney

Red Mountain Deer Killarney

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Walking in Killarney

Walking in Killarney

Walking in Killarney

Top 10 Walks in Killarney

Walking in Killarney is a magical experience, its natural beauty endless pathways and trails you can walk for hours and most walks are loop walks so they bring you back to where you started. Here are some examples of fantastic walks in Killarney to get you going

1. Walks around the Muckross Lake, Muckross Abbey, Muckross Abbey, Muckross House, Bricin Bridge, Dinis Cottage (tea room Closed at present), Meeting of the Waters & Torc Waterfall. (10 miles) Map & More ….  (loop)

2. Ross Castle and the Mining Trail Walking at Ross Castle Killarney is a magical experience here you can follow the Mining Trail and walks on Ross Island 1 – 6 miles. (loop)

3. The Gap of Dunloe

4. O’Sullivans Cascade

5. Old Kenmare RoadFriars Walk Killarney

6. Derrychunnihy to Lord Brandon’s Cottage

7. Walks around the Muckross Lake, Muckross Abbey, Muckross House & Torc Waterfall

8. Knockreer House & Gardens and walking trails

9. Blue Pool Walking Trails (loop)

10. Devil’s Bit and Trails on Mangerton / Torc

Walking in Killarney

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Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

There are many free attractions available in Killarney for visitors to enjoy here are our top 10.

1. Muckross Abbey

Situated in the National park, 1.5 Km from the Lake Hotel, 1 km from the first gate to the National park on the left after you pass the Lake Hotel on the Muckross road.

Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey Killarney

2. Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is situated in the Killarney National Park 6 km from the Town centre and situated on the Ring of Kerry road. It is close enough to the Lakes of Killarney yet hidden in a beautiful wooded area under Torc Mountain.

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

3. Muckross Gardens

Muckross Gardens has many interesting paths that lead you around to places of great beauty, a little beyond and you can explore Muckross abbey of even Torc waterfall. Parking at Muckross House might be your best option if you like walking, you get the gardens, Old Boathouse walks Dundag beach and Arthur Young’s nature trail.

Muckross gardens

Muckross Gardens

4. The Meeting of the Waters

8 km from Killarney on the N 71 Ring of Kerry road from Kenmare there is a car park, here its just over 1.2 km to the Meeting of the Waters, it is situated close to Dinis Cottage.

Old Weir Bridge Killarney

Old Weir Bridge Killarney

5. Ross Island & the Old Copper Mines

Dating back nearly 4,000 years Copper was being mined in Killarney on Ross Island, thankfully it can be accessed over a bridge via a pathway that will lead you to such places as the Mining Trail, Governors Rock and Library point.

Ross Island & the copper mines

Ross Island & the Copper Mines

6. Walk the Gap of Dunloe

Starting at Kate Kearney’s Cottage you can walk the Gap of Dunloe, it is a magnificent glacial valley and you can walk in as far as you like. There is day tours available more information ….

Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe

7. Saint Mary’s Cathedral

8. Fishing on the Lakes of Killarney

Fishing on the Lakes of Killarney is free for Trout fishing, we recommend a pair of waders to get the maximum benefits and ask a local where it is safe to use them as the lake can get deep in many areas quickly.

9. Walk though Derrycunnihy Oak Wood

10. Killarney playground

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Gap of Dunloe Killarney

Gap of Dunloe Killarney

The Gap of Dunloe Killarney

An Adventure and a real outdoor experience you will never forget “The Gap of Dunloe”
We decided to cycle the through Gap of Dunloe after hearing it was a special thing to do in Killarney.
We rented our bikes from David at the Killarney Bike rental at Flesk Caravan Park just a short walk from our hotel. David charged us €15 per bike we got helmets and a lock for the bike which proved handy when we visited Ross Castle. Our Hotel booked us on the boat with a local legend called “Ducks” according to our Concierge he is the best storyteller on the Lakes of Killarney.

Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe

We cycled into Killarney and found the playground where we would follow the path to the end and join the main road for a few miles before arriving at “Kate Kearney’s Cottage” an old Poitin house, like “Moonshine” if you get my drift!
From here we entered the Gap of Dunloe a Glacial Valley with a meandering path, walls of Mountains and beautiful lakes. There is a good climb by Turnpike Rock which looks like a gateway to the top. Here we found more Lakes and Bridges which brought us to what’s known as the “Head of the Gap” the highest point of the trip. Now we were looking down into Black Valley and descend slowly enjoying the Views and pass a small Village with fields with stone walls.
There is a sign for Lord Brandon’s Cottage and down that road, you must stop and look back, it has to be the best backdrop on all the sites we have seen in Ireland. A beautiful view with high mountain peaks and beautiful colours before we come across multiple arched bridges down by the Cottage. We had Coffee and fresh Sandwiches in this beautiful location, this was our first sighting of the legend that is “Ducks” he carried our bikes to the Boat and spoke in a dialect you could only imagine in a supernatural Movie. It was a gentle but profound speech as if it was from many years past, never before had we heard such a voice, it was Irish Bliss for us.

Lord Brandons Cottege killarney

Lord Brandon’s Cottage Killarney

We had never heard of the Teezze Weezees, but for those of you who don’t know about them “Ducks” meets them all the time and has great stories to tell about these strange creatures among many other things of great interest. I will not take from your experience by telling you too much but all I can say you will not be disappointed.
There were two White Tailed Sea Eagles flying over ironically what’s known as the Eagles Nest, passed the Meeting of the Waters, Dinis Cottage, another two bridges and back into the big Lake.
We had a good time on the Lakes of Killarney where there is an Old Abbey and Monastery where the High King of Ireland was educated by Monks over 1,000 years ago. The panoramas on the Lakes are unreal, Devil’s Punchbowl, Torc Mountain, Purple Mountain, Oak Woods and so much more.
Arriving at Ross Castle a striking Castle on the landscape rising high above the Lakes. It is here we depart our Boat and say farewell to “Ducks” we heard his father was a Boatman, and his Father and the many fathers before, Shir tis no wonder he has the “Gift of the Gab” and is a True Irish Legend. He told us his real name is Donal O’Donoghue and it’s no surprise Ross Castle was an O’Donoghue stronghold. He passed our bikes to us when everyone else had departed the boat and in an instant, he was gone. We still think to this day did we really meet “Ducks” or was he in our imagination, a magical experience none the less.
We visited Ross Castle before we returned our Bikes and walked back to our Hotel for a well-earned pint of Guinness and a white Wine overlooking our favourite view discussing the great day we had.ross-castle-killarney

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Cycling in Killarney National Park

Cycling in Killarney National Park

Cycling in Killarney National Park

Cycling in Killarney National Park you can rent Bikes locally in the Town or at Flesk Caravan & Camping Park on the Muckross road near the Killarney National Park. Dave Sheehan’s bike rental is in an ideal location to access the Safe Jaunting Car / Walkway / Cycle path leading into the National Park. You can also rent bikes in Killarney from O’Sullivan Cycles and Lynes on the Muckross road.

There are many Cycling Trails in Killarney here are some great ones :

1. Cycle Muckross and Dinis Cottage

Cycling in Killarney

Cycling in Killarney

Its more or less flat, its 10 miles / 16 km and very scenic. You will pass the Magnificent Abbey that is Muckross Abbey (1448.AD), The Colleen Bawn Rock, Old Copper Mines, Brickeen Bridge, Dinis Cottage and the Meeting of the Waters. You can walk over the Old Weir Bridge its very scenic, Arbutus the Strawberry Tree grows here in abundance, when ripe it’s red otherwise you will find Yellow berries. So its back on the bikes and you will arrive at the Main road with cars and buses so be careful about 500 meters before you arrive at Torc Waterfall. Now you can pass the toilets and go under the little tunnel under the road and you are back in the Park with no cars or buses.

After 500 meters on the left is Dundag Beach a freshwater beach popular with locals in hot weather, next on the left id the Muckross Boathouse before you arrive at Muckross House & Gardens.

2. The Gap of Dunloe

Cycling the Gap of Dunloe

Cycling in the Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe, starts at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, heading up the gap to the Head of the Gap, on to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, hop on a Boat with Bike travel 22 KM’s to Ross Castle. or alternatively go to Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and Muckross House by road.

This magnificent Trip can be Booked locally at your Accommodation in Killarney.

3. Cycle to Ross Castle and the Old Copper Mines

Starting at Saint Mary’s Cathedral enter the National park through the big gates across the road, there is a beautiful Thatched Cottage called Deenagh lodge which is a tea room and serves refreshments, Pass the front door and straight down the hill until you meet a small bridge, turn right and stay on the roadway until you eventually meet another turn go right and follow the signs for Ross Castle.

At Ross Castle, you can visit the Castle, take Boat trips on the Lakes, Visit Innisfallen Island, even hire your own boat to row around the Bay of Ross. If you cycle past the Castle you will arrive at the Old Copper Mines, look out for the green water in an old mine shaft. Governors Rock and Library Point are worth a visit the pathway becomes a dirt path so care is advised. If you are lucky enough to be here in Spring time you will see an abundance of Wild Garlic and Bluebells all over Ross Island.

Cycling in Killarney

More information on Cycling in Killarney

After a great day cycling in the National park its time to relax and enjoy a relaxing meal in the Lakeside bistro overlooking a 12th Century Castle and the Lakes of Killarney. www.lakehotel.com

Free Maps of Killarney available to customers of the Lake Hotel, Why not drop in and try a “Martin Huggard” Craft Beer in our Lakeside garden and get your free Map of Killarney and on the reverse the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula with self-guided tours 😉

Craft Beer in Killarney

Craft Beer in Killarney

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Killarney Web Cam

Killarney Web Cam

Killarney Web Cam

 

Killarney Web cam watch out for the wildlife regularly seen with the beautiful backdrop of the Lakes of Killarney.

This Killarney webcam image should update every few seconds!

From this web cam you are looking out at the Lakes of Killarney, a 12th Century Castle, Mountains and on occasion you will see the Irish native Red Deer graze on the lawns. Our Web Cam can also be viewed at night to see our Castle under lights.
Enjoy !

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Shopping in Killarney

Shopping in Killarney

Shopping in Killarney

Lynes of Killarney

Shopping in Killarney High Street

Shopping in Killarney High Street

There are many great shops in Killarney, we like Lynes of Killarney Children’s wear store, stockists of

Come and Shop with us in Killarney and check out the following brands, Timberland, Monnalisa, Tommy Hilfiger, Gant, Mayoral, DKNY, Hugo Boss, Billie Blush,  NZA, Scotch & Soda, Catimini, Steiff.

We are situated at 69 High Street Killarney on the left-hand side.

Killarney Stores

Killarney Stores

If you are shopping in Killarney why not drop in to see us,
we are a Family Run Store
and offer our customers top quality household goods and Children’s Clothes

Call us at +353 (0)64 6631146

Email: veronica@lynesofkillarney.com

www.lynesofkillarney.com

Christmas in Killarney

Christmas in Killarney

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Driving the Highlands of Kerry

Driving the Highlands of Kerry

Driving Highlands of Kerry

There are quite a few highland drives in the Kingdom of Kerry with magnificent scenery, here we take a look at the following :

Coomakista Pass

Views of Ballinskelligs Bay, Eightercua Stone row, Derrynane and Ireland’s version of “Christ the Redeemer”.

Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry


Coomanaspic Pass

Ireland’s Highest pass, Portmagee to Saint Finian’s bay and the Skellig Chocolate factory & Saint Finian’s Well.

Ballaghisheen Pass

Ballagh Oisin or Oisin’s pass and the road to Tír na nÓg the “Land of the Youth”. From Glencar to Waterville in the Heart of Kerry

Ballaghbeama Pass

High in the Kingdom of Kerry from Glencar to Molls Gap.

Ballaghbeama Pass Kerry

Conor Pass

Another stunning Mountain Pass in Kerry, waterfalls and corrie Lakes, Brandon bay to Dingle Town.

Conor Pass Dingle, County Kerry

Caherconree Pass

Caherconree : Cú Roí’s stone fort high up on the Peak, this road is a steep mountain road from Camp.

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